I’ll start by saying the story in itself – across the trilogy – is good, despite my few issues with this book. I feel as though it plays the role as a ‘filler’ book for the trilogy thus far, which is disappointing given that Bardugo has created such a vast and fascinating world. It was upsetting that the majority of this book took place in the Little Palace given that this was the setting for book 1. Not a lot happened which made this a somewhat long read, though the seeds of plot were sown quite nicely with those plants bearing fruit come the end – where finally something happened. Absolutely loved the introduction of Nikolai – great character and is more than just a corner to a book love triangle. He brought so much humour to the book but was never minimised to just a comic relief. Very complex character and I’m excited to see what happens with him next!
I wish more happened in the book, but all in all I’m pretty happy with the progression of the story and looking forward to how it caps itself off in book 3.
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